New Teenage Deployment Journal is Launched

RAF Deployment Journal Launched.

The first of the newly produced RAF Deployment Journals were delivered and distributed this week across all RAF Stations. The Journals which are aimed at 10-16 year olds have been designed by the Victoria Charts Company and RAF Community Support staffs, in consultation with selected teenagers of Serving Personnel.

Leading the way across the Services in supporting this specific age group the Journals use positive reinforcement in order to support Children during the deployment of a family member including siblings, parents and step-parents. The Journal is divided into six monthly sections with each section having tasks to complete such as sending an ‘ebluey’ and also has an all important ‘let it all out’ page where the child is encouraged to write down any feelings they are experiencing. This section is also highlighted as a section they could share with a parent, friend or teacher and then hopefully by open communication all family members have better coping mechanisms through the deployment cycle.

The Victoria Charts company (http://www.vcharts.co.uk/) specializes in ‘Wall Charts’ to support Children whether that is for Children with diabetes or younger children during toilet training. The RAF Charitable Trust has recently sponsored the launch of a RAF Deployment Wall Chart for the 2-10 year old age group to compliment the Deployment Journals; these should be available by June.

RAF personnel who are deploying and wish to have Deployment Journals for their family members should contact the Community Support Hub to arrange collection. Additionally we have activity packs and charts for younger children. Remember there is a Youth Centre, which runs during the week, contact Erica or call into the Community Support Hub.

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